Exploring Gori and Uplistsikhe

Gori is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, which is founded in the 7th century. This peaceful city is famous among tourists for being the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Usually, travelers take the Mtskheta-Gori-Uplistsikhe tour and spend a day on this destination. To get from Tbilisi to Gori is easy, you just need a comfortable car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Driving via Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze highway is not tiring, about 1.5 hours and you are at the place. 

Here are some things to do and see in Gori


1. Gori fortress

Fortress of Gori or "Goris tsikhe" is located on a rocky hill in the center of Gori. Unfortunately, only a small part of the castle has been preserved. The Fortress was significantly damaged by the strong earthquake in 1920. The history tells that Gori fortress first appears in the 13th records, though archaeological evidence proves that it has history back to BC. 

The panoramic view from the top of the castle is beautiful and worth seeing.

2. Historical-Ethnographic Museum

If you want to learn more about Georgian history, ethnography it is worth visiting the Historical-Ethnographic Museum, which was founded in 1935. Now the museum has more than 48 000 items. 

3. Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori

This is one of the favorite places for many tourists. Many travelers are interested in the Soviet dictator's life, biography and etc. This museum has more than 60 000 exhibits. In addition to the main building of the museum, there is Stalin's personal train wagon which he used for traveling Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam. The museum keeps not only official documents, paintings, sculptures, but also personal belongings. 

4. Memorial of Georgian Warrior Heroes

This is a unique collection of eight warriors seated in a circle. The author of the monument is Georgian sculpture Giorgi Ochiauri who created the memorial in 1981-85. Initially, this monument was located in Vake Park, Tbilisi. Since 2009 the sculptures were moved to the foot of the Gori fortress. 

After exploring Gori and its places of interest continue your trip to a very old cave town-Uplistsikhe. It is far from Gori for about 25 min

Uplistsikhe and its surrounding area are astonishing. You will see many cave rooms, which used to be home for many people. The town is located in a rock-hewn, on the left bank of the river Kura (Mtkvari). Specialists believe that it is one of the ancient settlements in the Caucasian region. If you compare Vardzia and Uplistsikhe, you will see that Uplistsikhe does not have clear divisions like Vardzia. It looks like something formless. Of course, the view from the top of the complex is amazing. 

Gori and Uplistsikhe are very popular among travelers. Discover Gori — the birthplace of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Uplistsikhe — the ancient cave-town, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore Georgia with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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